Right next to the Museum of Natural History is the Museum of American History. I had heard some really fun things about the portion of this museum that had the Hollywood historical things inside it so we decided it was a must-see for my mom & I since we both adore the history of movies & Hollywood.
In front of the museum, some ladies dressed in early 19th century clothing stopped my kids & asked them if they could please help them wash their clothes. My kids smiled & got right to work. They thought it was really fun to learn how washing clothes has changed over the years. We all decided that we like washing machines a whole lot more than having to do it all by hand. . . although my boys want a roller in the house now. I could just see them getting their fingers stuck inside one. ha ha ha.
The area with the Hollywood things also has a lot of fun historical American things as well. I laughed when I saw a cornerstone of the Nauvoo LDS temple there. There are only 4 of these stones in the world today & now I've seen 3 of the 4. How cool is that? I was just excited that something historical from my religion was in a Smithsonian.
Trek took it easy with the kids while I explored every exhibit.
|Kermit the Frog|
|Archie Bunker's Chair|
The real reason I went to this portion of the museum was to see Judy Garland's ruby slippers worn while filming "The Wizard of Oz." They were SPECTACULAR.
|The Apple 2|
My hubby is such a cute nerd.
So we originally went to the American History Museum for that exhibit (with the Hollywood things), but on our way out, we came across something that I will never in a thousand lifetimes forget. I love it when something unexpected happens in life.
On display they had
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER.
Yes, the actual flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem. I can't even begin to express to you how amazing it was to stand there & behold such an important part of our history. Trek & I just bawled as we stood & stared at it's majesty. I had no idea it was so massively huge. We weren't allowed to take any pictures as it's starting to fade with age & is in a light protected room behind glass . . . but it was beyond remarkable to see. If you're ever in the DC area. . . THAT is worth seeing.
We only spent about an hour in this museum. But it was enough for now. (We're planning several trips back to DC over the next 3 years to see everything in it's entirety!)